Dec 14, 2012 6:00pm PST
in america. folks in littleton, colorado, once thought the same about their town. until the shooting at columbine. 13 years later, barry petersen reports the wounds there have still not healed. >> reporter: it was april 20, 1999. two heavily armed columbine students walked into their school and opened fire. they killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves. have you ever actually recovered from this? >> no. i mean -- >> reporter: still haunts you? >> yeah, it does. >> reporter: frank de angelis was the principal that day as he is today at columbine. what went through your mind when you heard about what happened in connecticut? you've been there. >> i was in a state of shock. immediately my heart was just broken and kind of nauseous, to be honest with you. >> reporter: his first thoughts were of the agonizing moments as the news spread. >> the thing that weighs on my mind is when parents are waiting in a room and students are not coming to them as the other parents receive their kids. and i'm sure every parent who is in connecticut today when they heard the news were w
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of school tragedy continues tomorrow morning at 4:00 a.m. with a special edition of "good morning america." we'll have bay area reaction followed by another hour of "good morning america" at 7:00 and then the morning news at 8:00. >> we'll stay on top of this. >> it's going to be a chilly start especially inland. low 30s to mid 40s. partly cloudy by 8:00 a.m. mid 30s to 40s, rain coming in by the afternoon. >> dan: thanks very much. that is our report. "nightline" is next. >>> tonight on a special edition of "nightline," classroom tragedy. at least 20 young children and six adults shot and killed inside a connecticut elementary school. the worst shooting of its kind in history. we're eeg on the ground with parents, students and teachers, as a town and a nation grieves. >> the majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.
Dec 15, 2012 7:00am PST
. and you are sending a message to all of america and believe me the hearts and prayers of america are with you tonight. >> mourners stayed at the church hours after the service ended to pray and remember the victims. >> new town is more than 300 years old, in the southwest part of the state. it was founded in 1705 . many people who live there work and drive to new york city. new town is well off economicly with a medium household income of $108,000. today $108,000. >> an oregon mall where a gunman opened fire killing three has reopened with tight security. memorial books and stars will be available throughout the weekend for shoppers at the town center near portland to leave messages. mourners also attended a vigil and plans in the works for a permanent memorial. officials say extra security is in place. >> the connecticut school shooting is also drawing comparisons to the columbine tragedy where two students killed 13. some survivors say news of the connecticut shooting was particularly difficult to hear because they are now parents themselves. first responders at columbine
Dec 14, 2012 10:00pm PST
they do to you? >> evil visited this community today. >> i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same grief that i do. >> an unthinkable horror, new details about the shooter, the guns bought by his mother and the heroes, including the teacher who saved her students by barricading them in a bath room. >> good evening. i am ken. >> the second deadliest shooting in school history. a 20-year-old walked into a school and started shooting. 20 children are among the dead and a crime investigators are only starting to piece together. it happened in newton, connecticut. a quiet suburb 80 miles from new york. >> reporter: i am standing down the street from where sandy hook elementary school is located, where the shooting took place a tragedy that shocked the community, parents and family members are grieving the loss of innocent children and adults in the massacre. >> reporter: parents and children ran from the sandy hook elementary school. the scene of terror and sadness. >> caller indicating someone is shooting. >> reporter: inside 27 people shot to death, 20 children as youn
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giffords said the discussion can no longer wait. and feinstein is calling on congress to debate america's gun culture. declaring weapons of war don't belong on our streets or in our theaters, shopping malls and schools. >> it was very similar to the day that i was shot. >> reporter: activist mindy fikelstein was surrounded by children when a man opened fire. >> the problem is too many guns. people who shouldn't get their hands on gun have the ability to do so. >> reporter: the pistols used today a glock and a sig. and connecticut like california has strict rules. >> the united states, 8,400 deaths a year due to gun violence. we have got to do something about it. and congress has got to get a backbone. >> these children were murdered, brutally murdered in the place where they felt safe. >> reporter: scenes like these always take her back. >> i was brought to my knees, i left work in tears and have basically been under a blanket all day. >> but more than anguish she hopes for outrage and action. >> call the white house, call your congressman, e-mail, go to we are better than this.org. the
Dec 15, 2012 10:00am EST
america. >> and, of course, the most famous mormon in america today is mitt romney. does the rodney family have interaction with the brigham young clan? >> i'm sure there are many descendants that knowledge of. the church is only much bigger and still a fairly tight an institution and especially in utah, it means a lot if you have ancestors that go way back to the pioneering era of the church. obviously they do. >> they do. >> why did the family, the klan end up in mexico at one. >> they ended up in mexico because i believe mitt romney's great-grandfather practice poor marriage, he was a polygamist. the later part of the 1800's, especially in the 1890's, a pretty serious effort was mounted to round up, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate mormon men who practice polygamy and number of men went to mexico to escaped prosecution. i am not an expert on the family history, but believe mitt romney's great-grandfather was among them. ..
Dec 14, 2012 5:00pm PST
and people being killed at random. i think what is hitting america tonight certainly here in the bay area is the fact that these victims are so young. they are among the most innocent among us. and for this to happen at a school, you know, the safest place in the world... it's just heartbreaking for a lot of people and certainly they are feeling that in the bay area tonight. back to you. >> yeah, should be the safest place for sure. all right, kenny, thanks >>> well, of course, parents will be giving their kids some extra attention and love tonight but also, trying to help them understand and digest the horrific reality of what happened in today's shooting. how do you talk to your kids about this? dr. kim mulvihill has some advice from an expert. >> reporter: scott snyder of martinez is sure his kids have already heard the news. >> i think i'm going to give them a hug -- an extra hug tonight and -- and ask them if they have questions. >> this is a really, really tragic and difficult event. >> reporter: this child psychologist at lucille packard children's hospital. >> often times after